Archive for September 2012

New Trip List – South Africa (and Botswana)

September 29, 2012

South Africa and Botswana, 2012: Juan Luis Ortega Herranz, 2 weeks and 54 species including Brown Hyena, Caracal, Honey Badger and Black-tailed Tree Rat.

Jon

Dogs to help survey for Bonneted Bats

September 29, 2012

This is interesting….

Tracking bats is going to the dogs. Literally.

If all goes according to plan this winter, a team of trained dogs and a handler from Auburn University will come to down south to help us find Florida bonneted bats, an elusive candidate species whose natural history is not fully understood.

http://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2012/9/24/Dogs-to-Aid-Service-with-Bonneted-Bat-Research-in-Florida

I wonder if they scan distinguish the guano of different species though?

Jon

New Trip Report: Namibia and Botswana

September 28, 2012

The first report from Steve Anyon-Smith for a while. Good to see him back.

Namibia and Botswana, 2012: Steve Anyon-Smith and Barry Sean Virtue, 1 month & 50+ species including Honey Badgers and some interesting rodents.

Jon

NEW TRIP REPORTS: Uganda and Rwanda

September 25, 2012

The last 2 installments of Coke, Som and Cokie Smith’s African Trip are now online.

Rwanda, 2012: Coke Smith, 9 days & 20 species including Chimpanzees and some interesting rodents.

Uganda, 2012: Coke Smith, 13 days & 31 species including Potto, Patas Monkeys and Red Colobus. And check out the photos of the Ruwenzoris… just stunning.

Jon

Artificial Bat Cave

September 24, 2012

I thought mammal watchers might be interested in my blogs from Tennessee this week. I’m focusing on an artificial bat cave that is an experiment in the fight to save bats from white-nose syndrome. Here is today’s installment:

Live from the Artificial Bat Cave

New Monkey Discovered in the Congo

September 24, 2012

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/africa/dr-congo-new-monkey/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

I don’t think this is the first “discovered in 28 years” though… there was one in Tanzania in 2006 and that was a new genus http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/4759535.stm

Jon

New Trip Report: Kenya

September 18, 2012

Kenya, 2012: Coke Smith, 10 days & 42 species including Desert Warthogs and Greater (Marsh) Cane Rat.

Jon